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2021 Top 15 Shasta College Returner Rankings: No. 1, Tyler Boston

The ‘Top 15’ Shasta College rankings previews key returners to watch for the 2021 spring season.

Shasta County Sports' Top 15 Shasta College Returner rankings for spring 2021, sponsored by Redding Rancheria, features (from left) RJ Bell, Kasey Briggs, Jaiden Harris, Tavian Wallace and Vinny Smith. (Graphic by T.J. Holmes, photos by Mike Daly and Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)

The Shasta County Sports Top 15 Returner Rankings for Shasta College finally conclude with the top overall returner for the 2021 condensed spring season.

The rankings were released in countdown format and featured players who were on the Knights roster in 2019, some of which redshirted. The first group of Nos. 11-15 were released on Sunday, Nos. 6-10 on Monday and Tuesday was the beginning of the top five with London McCall, wrapping up with sophomore running back Tyler Boston.

Shasta College opens its four-game season in a week, hosting College of the Siskiyous at Memorial Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Top 15 Rankings are sponsored by Redding Rancheria, a proud partner of Shasta County Sports.

1. Tyler Boston | 5-11, 200 | RB | Soph.

Photo by Maddie Harrell, graphic by Aaron Williams/Shasta County Sports.

Tyler Boston entered his true freshman season of 2019 third on the Knights’ depth chart behind returning starter Matt McCree and redshirt freshman Vinny Smith. A 2,000-yard rusher at Dixon High School and standout wrestler drew the attention of Shasta College head coach Bryon Hamilton, who saw a low-center of gravity runner with great balance and bottom-half strength.

It took a bit for Boston to regularly work his way on the field, never carrying the ball more than six times in a game until the seventh contest. But his patience paid off and Boston is not only tapping into his potential, but is the focal point of the Knights offense heading into the spring season.

“Tyler brings a lot of experience, leadership and consistency to the team,” Hamilton said. “He’s everything we want at Shasta College.”

Boston had 17 total carries through six games in 2019 before bursting on the scene for 115 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown in a 20-16 win over Feather River, which Shasta plays twice this spring. He never had a game with single-digit rushing attempts after that and exploding for 105 rushing yards on 27 carries and 128 receiving yards on six catches (235 total yards) and four touchdowns in the Golden State Bowl loss to San Francisco City College.

From third string to Shasta College’s top returner the following season shows the fortitude Boston possesses. Joining forces with No. 2 returner and running back Jayden Gordon means the Knights are featuring a dominating one-two punch in the backfield, and a powerful third if you include No. 8 returner Vinny Smith, that could decimate opponents.

2021 Shasta College Returner Rankings

#15 — Darian James | WR
#14 — Norberto Reveulta | FS
#13 — Davis Murphy | C/OL
#12 — Matthew Ramirez | K
#11 — Larry Polk | LB/SS
#10 — Aiden Allsop | MLB
#9 — RJ Bell | DT
#8 — Ty Thomas | QB/P
#7 — Jaiden Harris | CB
#6 — Vinny Smith | RB
#5 — London McCall | DL
#4 — Tavian Wallace | LB
#3 — Kasey Briggs | QB
#2 — Jayden Gordon | RB
#1 — Tyler Boston | RB

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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